Oh, you really shouldn’t have.



I think I’ve mentioned that the husband and I have dramatically scaled back our Christmas celebrations over the past few years. It used to be all about presents and parties and consumption on a massive scale. Stress about gift giving, stress about cooking dinners for people who never appreciated it, stress about getting it all done in time so everyone would have a wonderful time.

Except us.

And mainly me… who did all the work.

So the last 4 years? We’ve traveled. No decorations, very little gift giving (none between us) and no hosting parties that just gave the family another excuse to fight.

It was great!

This year since we’re going to Arizona in January, we’re staying home. I did a little decorating, a little baking and a little gift giving… though still none between us. Which was fine… until my husband gave me a present I really didn’t want.

It wasn’t jewelry….

Though I think I could totally rock a tiara.



It wasn’t a new car with a big red bow….




(Does anyone really do that? The only new car I ever received as a gift was a Matchbox. I was 8…. and I think it’s time to try again.)

No, my thoughtful husband gave me a gift I never expected.



The horrible cold I’ve been nursing him through all week. Splitting sinus headache, sore throat, congestion… I’ve got it all.

Which is odd because I’m usually like this –




And never catch anything.

Never say never.

So while all of you are enjoying your holiday celebrations, I’ll be hacking up half a lung and hoping Santa gets his fat butt stuck coming down our chimney.

How’s that for festive?

29 thoughts on “Oh, you really shouldn’t have.”

  1. In case you’re not up on Hot Toddies. From wikipedia:

    A hot toddy, also known as hot whisky in Scotland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey (or, in some recipes, sugar), herbs (such as tea) and spices, and served hot.[1] Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, or in wet or cold weather.

    Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu—in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as “the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb.” In recipes used to help with a cold, tea and honey are often used with lemon juice and whiskey. [2]

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  2. It amused me how the only car dealers that have actual Christmas ads in December are the luxury joints…. because yeah, that’s how the rich and famous roll. It must be nice…

    Get better soon! I’m an anti-germophobe, and find it to be just as effective at warding off ick… which is good since I work in a germ amusement park disguised as a retail store and have customers coughing and sneezing on me all the time (and I mean that literally). It would take a superbug pandemic type of virus to take my overactive immune system down…

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  3. Sorry your feeling under the weather. If the hot toddies don’t work, straight tequila will kill any germ you might be harboring. Tequila and lime, and maybe a little salt oh just make a pitcher of margarita and kill that cold!!

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  4. Oh bless! That’s rotten! I suppose if you’d traveled, he would have brought the stupid cold along and then you’d be sick and not at home, which would be even worse!
    Before I was married, I drank and baked on Christmas. People would pop in, have a cocktail, pick up some cookies, kiss-kiss, Merry Christmas, bye-bye. THAT is my preference.
    My marriage came with two kids.
    We made our holidays our own immediately. My mother suggested this because she is a very wise woman. Over the years, I think it’s been one of the best gifts she ever gave me. Otherwise we would have been hauling 2-4 kids to 4-5 houses in two days. My husband’s family did not accept it easily and it was a bone of contention for many years. Then we moved away. Since we came back, we’d have an after-Christmas evening gathering instead, often a nice time. Now they’re moving away. Their home is 99% packed up right now and so we had them to dinner last night. I made no extra fuss, no gifts were exchanged, and it was NICE. I’ve never felt this all-encompassing need to do everything at Christmas. Some people have incredible expectations. I do not. lol When these last two birdies fly the nest, I’ll not have school/sport/music stuff to do and I’ll revert back to my preference. About the kids coming home, I have no expectations, because I seek to be as wise and happy as my mother 😉

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    1. Yes, I’m hoping we’re both over it by the time we leave for our trip.
      I used to love Christmas and everything that went with it. When the husband was in the service we opened our home to all the men who couldn’t spend the holiday with their families, assorted neighbors and friends. It was wonderful… not sure how we went from that to being sick on the couch, but I much prefer the former!

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  5. I used to get sick every year at Christmastime. I always blamed it on the musty decorations that had been brought up from the basement. Hopefully, you’ll feel better soon.

    As for the car, I do know of one instance when someone got a sports car for Christmas. It was a neighbor who lived across from us and had the car delivered on a flatbed truck on Christmas morning. Seems like a great gift, right? But that couple was always having loud, physical fights, so extravagant gifts seemed pointless.

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